POETRY
On this page you will find poetry you may download to share with students and use in writing activities.
(Please include the author's name on all poetry you print from this site.)

POPCORN POEM
PIZZA SONG
PIZZA POEMS
SNOW POEMS
CHOCOLATE POEMS
UMBRELLA POEMS
PANCAKE POEM
THE CONTEST
ABOUT PENGUINS

 
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POPCORN POEM
Visit National Popcorn Poppin' Month (October 7) in the Activities Calendars for books and activities.

Discuss with students which of the five senses they use when making and eating popcorn. (They use ALL of the senses!) Conduct an experiment to see if this is true by popping and eating popcorn.

The poem below is ideal for choral reading and movement. As you read, have students sit on the first "Pop!" and stand on the second "Pop!" Or, alternate students with one standing, the next one sitting, the next one standing, and so on, so that some are standing on the first "Pop!" and some are sitting. On the final "pops," they can stand-sit, stand-sit, stand-sit until they get to the last "Pop!" at which time they are sitting. Build in speed as you read the poem, but gradually slow down as you reach the last "Pop!"

Dance of the Popcorn

Pop! Pop! says the popcorn
            I'm a hard and yellow seed
Pop! Pop! says the popcorn
            A hot temperature I need
Pop! Pop! says the popcorn
            Pop, popping in the pan
Pop! Pop! says the popcorn
            Catch me dancing if you can
Pop! Pop! says the popcorn
            I am fluffy, big, and white
Pop! Pop! says the popcorn
            Can you wait to take a bite?
PopPopPopPopPopPopPop
Pop!    Pop!      Pop!
            Pop!                      Pop!
                           Pop!

                           Pop!

 
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PIZZA SONG
Enjoy National Pizza Month (October 6) in The Activities Calendar!

(Sing to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O.”)

We mix the dough
and toss it high
and press it in the pan
P-I-Z-Z-A
P-I-Z-Z-A
P-I-Z-Z-A

It’s pizza that we make!

We stir the sauce
tomatoes and spice
and spread it on the dough
__ -I-Z-Z-A
__ -I-Z-Z-A
__ -I-Z-Z-A

It’s pizza that we make!

We shred the cheese
All crumbly and white
And sprinkle it on the sauce
__-__-Z-Z-A
__-__-Z-Z-A
__-__-Z-Z-A

It’s pizza that we make!

We choose our toppings
One by one
And place them on the cheese
__-__-__-Z-A
__-__-__-Z-A
__-__-__-Z-A

It’s pizza that we make!

Into the oven
Our pizza goes
And patiently we wait.
__-__-__-__-A
__-__-__-__-A
__-__-__-__-A

It’s pizza that we make!

Our pizza’s cooked
Now cut it quick
A slice for you and me
__-__-__-__-__
__-__-__-__-__
__-__-__-__-__

It’s pizza that we EAT!

 
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PIZZA POEMS

Acrostic poem - a poem in which the subject is spelled vertically and each line begins with a word that starts with the designated letter.
The word “pizza” or individual ingredients could be topics.

Pie-shaped
Italian
Zesty sauce
Zingy toppings
Always cheesy

Concrete poem - words are written in a shape associated with the subject of the poem

poetry cheesepizza

 
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SNOW POEMS
Perfect for the first day of winter (December 21) or any snowy day!

Acrostic poem - a poem in which the subject is spelled vertically and each line begins with a word that starts with the designated letter.

Any word associated with the winter season could be the topic.

H omemade
O ld-fashioned
T oasty
 
C ups
O f
C hocolate
O f course, marshmallows
A nd friends

Haiku – unrhymed Japanese poem traditionally about some aspect of nature. The form is typically three lines with the following syllable pattern: 5-7-5.

            Lacy skeletons
on my windowpane announce
            winter’s arrival

Concrete poem - words are written in a shape associated with the subject of the poem

poetry snowball

List Poem - a free verse poem that describes or lists attributes of a particular topic. The poem below was written by a group of 14 third grade ELL students.

Snow

Cold
snowflakes
come from water
feel soft or hard
are crunchy to eat


look like vanilla ice cream
look like cotton candy
look like marshmallows
look like nail polish
look like falling stars
look like falling candies from a piñata cloud


Snowflakes look like a lion face
with fur all around and two eyes.

Sparkly,
Gently,
Twirly-whirly,
Quiet,
Silent,
Floating
Snow.

 
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CHOCOLATE POEMS
Celebrate the founding of Hershey's Chocolate (February 9) with these tasty poems.

Acrostic poem - a poem in which the subject is spelled vertically and each line begins with a word that starts with the designated letter.
Any word associated with chocolate could be the topic.

Creamy
Hunks
Of
Confection
Offer
Luscious
And
Tantalizing
Eating


 Ribbed
 Edges
 Encircling
 Sniff, then
 Eat
Hershey'S 
   
 Chocolate
 Upon
 Peanut butter

 
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UMBRELLA POEMS
Enjoy on Umbrella Day (February 10) or when the rain falls.

Haiku – unrhymed Japanese poem traditionally about some aspect of nature. The form is typically three lines with the following syllable pattern: 5-7-5.

       Umbrellas in the City
           Colorful flowers
pop open as raindrops paint
      the sky shades of gray

Concrete poem - words are written in a shape associated with the subject of the poem

poetry umbrella

 
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PANCAKE POEM
M-m-m... on National Pancake Day (February 28)!

Concrete poem - words are written in a shape associated with the subject of the poem

poetry pancake stack

 
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THE CONTEST
Pop this poem in for National Bubble Week (March 23).

Max came by with a bag of gum.
Because he’s my friend, he offered me some.
But first, he challenged me to a test,
“Let’s see whose bubble is the best.
I can blow one as big as a horse.”
            “I can blow one bigger, of course.”
“How many pieces can you fit in one chew?”
            “Let’s start with ten,” and I popped in the first two.
I mooshed them and squooshed them
and worked them just so.
Max gave the command,
“Ready! Set! Blow!”
I blew slowly at first,
then with all of my might.
I blew until Max was no longer in sight.
            “Who’s winning?” I thought,
            “Who will know when to stop?”
My answer came in an ear-splattering POP!
“What happened?” said Max.
            “We exploded, I think.”
All around us, there floated sticky pieces of pink.
“I can’t see a thing,” shouted Max, “Are we dead?”
            “It’s just bubblegum on your eyeglasses,” I said.
There was pink on my shoes and pink in my hair.
There was even gum stuck to my underwear!
            “I’m in trouble,” I wailed, “when my mom sees this mess.”
But Max said, “Now we’ll never know who wins…unless…”

A gooey pink bag was still stuck to his thumb,
a bag with just enough bubble gum.
We looked at each other.
Max grinned
and then…said…
“Why don’t we each start with ten.”

 
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ABOUT PENGUINS
Have fun with this on World Penguin Day (April 25).

I wonder...
Do penguins ever grow tired
of wearing their party clothes?
Do they ever grow weary of standing erect
like soldiers marching in rows?
Do they ever wish they lived on a beach
instead of where icy wind blows?

Dancing Penguin
 

 
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All poems copyright Karla Wendelin